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Encyclopedia > Showcase Television
Showcase
Type Cable television specialty channel
Country  Canada
Availability National
Slogan Television Without Boarders
Owner Showcase Television Inc. (Alliance Atlantis)
Key people Unknown
Launch date January 1, 1995
Website http://www.showcase.ca

Showcase Television, often known as Showcase, is a Canadian cable television specialty channel owned by Alliance Atlantis Communications. Image File history File links Showcaselogo. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... A specialty channel or specialty service is a television channel, generally not available through conventional broadcast television, which consists of programming focused on a single type or targeted at a specific demographic. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Alliance Atlantis Alliance Atlantis is a Toronto-based media company. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... A specialty channel or specialty service is a television channel, generally not available through conventional broadcast television, which consists of programming focused on a single type or targeted at a specific demographic. ... Alliance Atlantis Alliance Atlantis is a Toronto-based media company. ...


Showcase is a predominantly fiction-based service centred around television series and films. Since its launch, it has indeed moved increasingly towards controversial and otherwise risqué fare. It is in some respects the Canadian equivalent of U.S. cable channels FX and the increasingly edgy premium service Showtime (which has no direct relationship other than the similar name). Fiction (from the Latin fingere, to form, create) is storytelling of imagined events and stands in contrast to non-fiction, which makes factual claims that can be substantiated with evidence. ... FX (shorter for Fox Extended Networks) is the name of a number of related subscription TV channels owned by News Corporations Fox Entertainment Group. ... Showtime is a subscription television brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world, but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United States. ...

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History

Licensed in 1994, Showcase was a venture between Alliance Communications (prior to its merger with Atlantis), the CBC, and a number of smaller independent Canadian producers, and was intended to be a showcase for "the best of independently-produced movies, drama, comedy and mini-series from Canada and around the world", with limited content from the United States. It launched at midnight on January 1, 1995. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), a Canadian crown corporation, is the country’s national public radio and television broadcaster. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


When the network premiered, it garnered some negative publicity due to a disclaimer it would broadcast prior to reruns of older series. The disclaimer, which advised viewers to remember that "attitudes were not always the same as they are now" was applied to relatively recent programs such as Seeing Things. Following media scorn and accusations of political correctness and being condescending to viewers, Showcase abandoned this form of disclaimer. In fact, lately, it has frequently been criticized by the industry's self-regulatory standards council for not airing enough disclaimers. This article is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Seeing Things was a Canadian dramedy mystery television series which aired on the CBC in the 1980s. ... Political correctness is the alteration of language to redress real or alleged injustices and discrimination or to avoid offense. ...


Programming

From the beginning it has aired frequent series repeats of Canadian (or Canadian-filmed made-for-America) series such as Due South, Cold Squad, and Da Vinci's Inquest, the lineup changing from year to year. Showcase has also been the primary Canadian broadcaster for American cable series such as Rescue Me, Queer as Folk (in which Showcase held a minor production role), Weeds, Family Business, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The L Word, as well as the US/UK series Da Ali G Show, and a secondary broadcaster (following the original Canadian airing on The Movie Network/Movie Central) of Six Feet Under, Dead Like Me and Curb Your Enthusiasm. It similarly airs repeats of the CSI series after their original broadcast windows. Due South is an award-winning Canadian television police drama created by Paul Haggis and produced by Alliance Communications (now part of Alliance Atlantis), first airing in 1994. ... Cold Squad is a Canadian crime series devoted to the investigations of a group of Vancouver police detectives specializing in cold cases, led by Detective-Sergeant Ali McCormick(Julie Stewart). ... Da Vincis Inquest is a Canadian dramatic television series, which aired on the CBC from 1998 to 2005. ... Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... Rescue Me is a critically praised American television drama and dark comedy that premiered on the FX Network in 2004. ... Queer as Folk was an American/Canadian television series co-production, produced by Showtime and Temple Street Productions, which was based on the British series of the same name created by Russell T. Davies. ... Weeds is a Showtime dark comedy television series about a fictional California suburb and its residents, a handful of whom are involved in the distribution and consumption of cannabis (hence the title). ... First season DVD release. ... Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an FX sitcom created by Rob McElhenney about four friends (played by McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Kaitlin Olson) who run an Irish bar, Paddys Pub, in Philadelphia. ... The L Word is a television drama series that portrays the lives, loves and learnings of a group of lesbians and bisexuals and their friends, family and lovers in Los Angeles. ... Da Ali G Show was the name of two related satirical TV series starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and featuring the character Ali G. The original (single season) series was made by Channel 4 in the UK, and the second (two season) series by HBO in the US. The... The Movie Network is a general-interest premium television service available in Canada, specifically east of the Ontario-Manitoba border, excluding the territories. ... Movie Central is a Canadian premium television service available in Western Canada and the territories which was launched on April 1, 2001, and is owned by Corus Entertainment. ... Six Feet Under is an American television drama created by Alan Ball that was originally broadcast from 2001 to 2005. ... Dead Like Me is an American television comedy-drama created by Bryan Fuller for the Showtime network starring Ellen Muth and Mandy Patinkin as grim reapers in Seattle, Washington. ... Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American sitcom starring Seinfeld writer, co-creator, and executive producer Larry David. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ...


However, such foreign programs can only air in primetime beginning at 10:00 p.m. (Eastern / Pacific), as a result of a condition of licence obligating Showcase to air 100% Canadian content between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. In fall 2005, Showcase began promoting 10:00 as its flagship timeslot, even hiring branded taxis in major markets, driving people home for free by 10:00 p.m. on selected evenings. Canadian content (abbreviated cancon or can-con) refers to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission requirements that radio and television broadcasters (including cable/satellite specialty channels) must air a certain percentage of content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by persons from Canada. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Showcase has also added first-run Canadian series, dubbed "Showcase Originals", which include Paradise Falls, KinK, Naked Josh and Trailer Park Boys. The success of these rather risqué series have driven the service towards an even more edgy bent, with nearly all of its programmes now considered "adult" in one way or another, whereas family and children's programmes were more frequent in Showcase's early days. Cast of Paradise Falls Paradise Falls was a weekly soap opera shown nationally on the Showcase channel in Canada, starting in 2001. ... Look up kink in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Naked Josh is a Canadian television series broadcast on Showcase. ... Trailer Park Boys is a popular Canadian mockumentary television series focusing on the misadventures of a group of ex-convicts living in fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park, located near Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. ...


Showcase also carries regular movies, mostly independent and foreign films. British series like Prime Suspect, the original Queer as Folk, The Second Coming, Little Britain and Cracker have also been present since Showcase's launch. Overnight, Showcase shows a number of films and shows that could be considered soft porn, such as Red Shoe Diaries and Sin Cities. A foreign film is a film that is considered foreign in a particular country. ... Prime Suspect is a highly-acclaimed Granada Television police procedural television drama series of the decades of the 1990s and 2000s, which has been followed up by several sequels. ... Queer as Folk Series 1 DVD Cover Queer as Folk is a 1999 British television series that chronicles the lives of three gay men let loose in Manchesters gay village around Canal Street. ... The opening titles of The Second Coming. ... Little Britain is a character-based BBC radio and television sketch show written by and starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams. ... Cracker is the title of a television crime series in the United Kingdom, made by Granada Television for ITV and created by Jimmy McGovern. ... Erotica, from the Greek eros, love, are works of art, including literature, photography, sculpture and painting, that deal substantively with erotically stimulating or arousing descriptions. ... The cover for one of the DVD releases. ... Sin Cities (Sin is Sex in) is a sexually-oriented travel television series produced in the United Kingdom and broadcast on various channels including Showcase Television in Canada. ...


Showcase also airs some speciality or Sci-fi TV Series such as: Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Andromeda, Highlander and Beastmaster. Andromeda may be: Andromeda (mythology), the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, wife of Perseus Andromeda Galaxy Andromeda (constellation), in which the Andromeda Galaxy is located Andromeda polifolia or Bog-rosemary, a plant of the heath family Andromeda (TV series) a science fiction television series Mount Andromeda in Canada and the... Highlander may refer to the following: Persons: A person from the Scottish Highlands A person from the Highlands in Southern Poland: Gorals A person from the central plateaux of Madagascar Film and TV: Highlander (film): Highlander I, II, III & IV: fantasy movies. ... The Beastmaster is a 1982 fantasy film starring Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, and Rip Torn. ...


The channel operates two timeshifted feeds, East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time). Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... PST is UTC-8, highlighted in red. ...


Two spinoff digital television services have launched, the male-oriented Showcase Action and the more feminine Showcase Diva. Digital television (DTV) is a telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures and sound by means of digital signals, in contrast to analog signals used by analog (traditional) TV. DTV uses digital modulation data, which is digitally compressed and requires decoding by a specially designed television set, or a... Showcase Action is a Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel, which features action movies and television series aimed primarily at men. ... Showcase Diva is a Canadian category 2 digital cable television channel. ...


Original Programming

Billable Hours is a Canadian comedy series, which airs on Showcase Television. ... Bliss is a Canadian produced, half hour dramatic television series, produced by Montreal-based Galafilm and Toronto-based Back Alley Films, an anthology of womens erotica. ... Kenny vs. ... Look up kink in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Moccasin Flats is a Canadian drama series, which aired in 2004 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and is currently running on Showcase Television. ... Naked Josh is a Canadian television series broadcast on Showcase. ... Cast of Paradise Falls Paradise Falls was a weekly soap opera shown nationally on the Showcase channel in Canada, starting in 2001. ... Rent-a-Goalie is a half-hour comedy television series from Canada that is broadcast on the Alliance Atlantis channel Showcase. ... Slings and Arrows is a Canadian TV series set at the fictional New Burbage Festival, a troubled Shakespearean festival similar to the real-world Stratford Festival. ... Trailer Park Boys is a popular Canadian mockumentary television series focusing on the misadventures of a group of ex-convicts living in fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park, located near Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. ... Webdreams is a canadian TV show produced by Showcase. ...

Showcase HD

On December 19, 2006, Alliance Atlantis launched a high definition simulcast of Showcase. Unlike the standard definition feed that has both an East and West coast feed, Showcase HD has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Projection screen in a home theater, displaying a high-definition television image. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ...

External link

  • Official Site
  • Showcase HD

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Showcase - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (127 words)
A showcase is a performance or exhibit highlighting the work of a performer or group of performers, a particular culture or ethnic group, or of a nationality.
Showcases may be presented in theatre, music, art or dance.
For the comic book series published by DC Comics, see Showcase (comic book).
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